Oh my GOSH. You guysssss.

Slow Cooker Coconut Hot Chocolate I howsweeteats.com

So. You know how I have this food blog where I do weird things like take pictures of food in my dining room and then tell you how OMGamazing it is and that you must must must make it right right now? Like every single day?

Well. This is no exception.

Crockpot Coconut Hot Chocolate I howsweeteats.com

Um, also? Pictured above is a perfect example of how I cannot follow instructions. Apparently “open other end” means “open whatever end you feel like because you never pay attention.” Pretty sure most of my previous teachers would agree that I rarely followed directions. Hate it. Bah.

Crockpot Coconut Hot Chocolate I howsweeteats.com

Anyway. I am pretty much dying. This is the creamiest, thickest, richest, most luxurious hot chocolate I have ever tasted. Now I know what people mean when they talk about “sipping chocolate.” This is actually like sipping melted chocolate. MELTED freaking chocolate. I mean, seriously. You are practically drinking melted chocolate. Should I maybe say it a fourth time? Hmmmm.

Crockpot Coconut Hot Chocolate I howsweeteats.com

I’ve been obsessed with the idea of coconut hot chocolate ever since Katie shared some coconut fudgesicles this summer. But, you know, I loooooathe being hot, like to point that you would absolutely hate my guts and think I was the worst human on the face of the earth if you had to spend more than 15 minutes with me outside in the blazing sun in about 85-degree weather… so obviously I could not make this beautiful beverage until there was a chill in the air.

That there I did.

Crockpot Coconut Hot Chocolate I howsweeteats.com

This is huge because I don’t even LIKE hot drinks. I really am not a fan of any warm liquid sliding down my esophagus and it feels so unsettling in my stomach. Yeah, laugh it up. I’m sorry. It just makes me feel so… so… yuck. I will probably consume a hot beverage or two that contains the words “peppermint” and “mocha” this season, but just a few. And when I say a few, I really mean about half of one or two. For me, I want iced all the way. Total weirdo. 23 degrees and an iced latte, pleaseandthankyou.

Crockpot Coconut Hot Chocolate I howsweeteats.com

So not only is this drink made with real coconut milk, chopped dark chocolate and cocoa, the mugs are rimmed with crushed toasted coconut. It’s complete with some of your favorite marshmallows and a a big puff of coconut whipped cream plopped right in the center, but I wouldn’t hate it if you added a little Baileys or Kahlua or whatever. Can you even think of anything better?

Oh wait. I can. You made it in your CROCKPOT. Pour, stir, done.


Crockpot Coconut Hot Chocolate I howsweeteats.com


Thick and Creamy Crockpot Coconut Hot Chocolate

Yield: serves 8-12, can easily be cut in half, doubled, etc.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Total Time: 2.5 hours


4 (13 oz) cans full-fat coconut milk
2 (14 oz) cans sweetened condensed milk
8 ounces high-quality dark chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup dutch process cocoa powder
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons coconut extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsweetened flaked or shredded coconut
frosting to rim the mugs
whipped cream or
coconut whipped cream for topping
marshmallows for topping


Add coconut milk, condensed milk and extracts to your crock pot, whisking to combine. Stir in salt, cocoa powder and chocolate, whisking again. Cover and cook on low for 2 hours. You want to stir and whisk every 15 minutes or so, making sure the chocolate melts nicely and is thoroughly distributed throughout the mixture. The best thing I can say here is to "know" your crockpot. I knew that mine could sit on low for a few hours while being mixed at least once every 30 minutes. After a while it began to thicken and bubble on the sides, so I left it on but removed the lid and whisked well. Just keep your eye on it and whisk everything together.

Before serving, add coconut to a small saucepan and heat over low heat, stirring with a wooden spoon. Toast for 5-6 minutes until golden. Let cool, then add to a paper or ziplock bag and crush with you hands under small flakes remain.

To serve, rim the edges of a mug with some frosting or glaze or something sticky, then dip the rims in the toasted coconut flakes. pressing gently to adhere. Pour hot chocolate in the mugs and garnish with whipped cream and marshmallows.

[Note: if you don't have a crockpot or are wary of using your crockpot, you can definitely make this in a large stock pot. Cook over very low heat while whisking, stirring until totally combined. Continue to stir along the edges where chocolate may stick and burn. Serve!]

[adapted from better homes & gardens]

Crockpot Coconut Hot Chocolate I howsweeteats.com

Now that’s worth it. Add it to your menu.

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277 Responses to “Crockpot Coconut Hot Chocolate.”

  1. #
    Katie @ Veggie and the Beast — November 14, 2012 @ 12:32 pm

    I looked at this 20 minutes ago and I literally cannot stop thinking about it. The toasted coconut on the sides is just too much.


  2. #
    Megan | Eats Daily — November 14, 2012 @ 12:38 pm

    You are unstopable! I love the mess of the first photo, yum!


  3. #
    Erin @ The Food Doctors — November 14, 2012 @ 12:46 pm

    I’m literally drooling right now. I’m sitting in my office drooling on my computer… so professional.


  4. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — November 14, 2012 @ 12:48 pm

    Is this real life?


  5. #
    Erica @ Coffee & Quinoa — November 14, 2012 @ 12:56 pm

    I agree with you – OMGamazing!! Chocolate and coconut… love it every time!


  6. #
    Stacia — November 14, 2012 @ 1:10 pm

    Agreed on the hot beverages. Hot coffee bad, iced coffee goooood!


  7. #
    Simone — November 14, 2012 @ 1:29 pm

    I might just bring my crockpot to work and fill up on this goodness throughout the day. I think it makes perfect sense…


  8. #
    Dianna Belle — November 14, 2012 @ 1:37 pm

    once again- absolutely be-u-ti-ful pics.
    question though, allergies to coconut makes me wonder if swee t condensed for all the milk product would work? I am only guessing the flaked coconut can be eliminated. (i wonder what could replaced shredded coconut… hmmm)


    • Jessica — November 14th, 2012 @ 11:00 pm

      I would probably use whole milk/half and half/unsweetened almond milk in place for the coconut milk – it may be slightly thinner but I definitely would use all condensed – it would be way too sweet!


  9. #
    Deziree — November 14, 2012 @ 1:45 pm

    I just want to thank you for these awesome recipes you post and for the delicious images that accompany them. You sustain me during my boring-as-hell workweek. I saw this post a half hour ago and it is happily riding on my mind…


  10. #
    Esther — November 14, 2012 @ 1:55 pm

    I can’t even…I don’t….What the…



  11. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — November 14, 2012 @ 2:17 pm

    Girl. The coconut milk, the sweetend cond milk, the marshmallows. The set-it and forget-it. There is only good things that can come from this! And we are the opposite – I can drink scalding hot coffee and I love it! I want this. Pinning!


  12. #
    Milynn — November 14, 2012 @ 2:17 pm

    Your photos are ALL so pinworthy. I love this recipe!


  13. #
    sara — November 14, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

    Wow, those pictures are incredible! This looks like pretty much the best hot chocolate ever. :)


  14. #
    Erika — November 14, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

    This looks SO incredible! I also love the “Open Other End,” on the can picture. Haha!


  15. #
    Lauren Hardy — November 14, 2012 @ 2:49 pm

    My mouth is watering so bad right now. I love your creative recipes! Great inspiration.


  16. #
    Sarah — November 14, 2012 @ 3:16 pm


    Unlike you I adore hot drinks. I literally heat up my water in a mug just to sip on (yes, this is just like a hot tea minus the tea bag, which means i am a total grandma). Hot chocolate is one of my favorite drinks, and I absolutely am dying over this recipe and those pictures. You are so incredibly talented and everyday you amaze me even more. I had to tell you that yesterday I was having the ultimate shitty day, and then I remembered it was Tuesday….which meant your Tuesday things! You totally made me smile and turned my day around with your wit and humor. Thanks for having a blog and just being you!


    • Jessica — November 14th, 2012 @ 10:59 pm

      thank you so so so much!!


  17. #
    wendy — November 14, 2012 @ 3:23 pm

    OMG what the heck. this looks so insane. i’m speechless.


  18. #
    Bethany @ Accidental Intentions — November 14, 2012 @ 3:24 pm

    Oh. My. Gosh. I want all of that in my thermos rightnow. Please and thanks.


  19. #
    Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe — November 14, 2012 @ 3:50 pm

    Wha…? How…? Oh. ma. gah.
    Blerg indeed.
    (In the best way possible).


  20. #
    Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries — November 14, 2012 @ 4:07 pm

    Oh boy, you’ve out done yourself once again! Looks delicious!


  21. #
    Kelsey K. — November 14, 2012 @ 4:08 pm

    This looks SO GOOD and I don’t even like coconut! Maybe it’ll convert me…


  22. #
    Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy — November 14, 2012 @ 4:15 pm

    This looks amazing! Perfect for serving to guests at Christmas I think :)


  23. #
    Chelsea@Chelsea Is Dishing Up — November 14, 2012 @ 4:19 pm

    I’m going to pretend like calories are not real things while I dream about eating this.


  24. #
    Amanda N — November 14, 2012 @ 4:19 pm

    I have been thinking about “gourmet” hot coco since this weekend and OMG this fits the bill! So trying it! This weekend I had hazelnut, dark chocolate, and white chocolate w/orange hot cocoa. 3 different types of amazing hot beverage that I could have every day. I might try making them in my crock pot now. Great idea!


  25. #
    Cher @ Weddicted — November 14, 2012 @ 4:33 pm

    WOW!! Not to be redundant, but that totally looks ike you’d be drinking melted chocolate!


  26. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — November 14, 2012 @ 4:35 pm

    These have to be the best pictures you have ever taken….EVER!!!!! You’re a total genius in the kitchen :)


  27. #
    Julia Jolliff — November 14, 2012 @ 4:39 pm

    Oh MY GOSH! You made me very thirsty! Your photos are just beautiful too by the way!


  28. #
    joelle (on a pink typewriter) — November 14, 2012 @ 4:43 pm

    That first photo just EXPLODED my head. Whoa.


  29. #
    Noelle (@singerinkitchen) — November 14, 2012 @ 4:45 pm

    You are crazy!! I am trying to imagine this combination and it seems so thick and delicious. Must try it soon. I have guests staying with me the next 3 weeks and hot chocolate has been a big topic. :)


  30. #
    Amy @Macncheesenpeas — November 14, 2012 @ 4:49 pm

    ultimate food porn


  31. #
    Ari @ Ari's Menu — November 14, 2012 @ 4:53 pm

    These pictures!!! I cannot even handle it!


  32. #
    Monique — November 14, 2012 @ 5:10 pm

    This looks and sounds (reads, whatever) freakin’ amazing. And I’m thinking this would be perfect for my bookclub I’m hosting in December. I would LOVE to hear ideas and suggestions on how to make this an adult beverage. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?


    • Jessica — November 14th, 2012 @ 10:58 pm

      I would probably just add 1/4 cup or more of Baileys/Kahlua and go from there!


      • Carol — December 2nd, 2014 @ 5:02 pm

        Perhaps you could try Malibu Rum since it has a coconut flair to it? Thanks for sharing this recipe -Looks absolutely to die for and can’t wait to try it!!

  33. #
    Nicole @ Liberty Belles — November 14, 2012 @ 5:51 pm

    ummmm 100% making this this weekend. I cannot believe how delicious that looks!


  34. #
    Becs@Lay the table — November 14, 2012 @ 5:56 pm

    I need this in my life!!


  35. #
    Claire — November 14, 2012 @ 6:25 pm

    This is gorgeous. Like, to die for. I am drooooooling over here.
    I just tried coconut milk for the first time this week and I was very impressed. This is the perfect reason to go out and pick up another can!


  36. #
    Leah — November 14, 2012 @ 6:50 pm

    ugh, stop it! Looks freaking amazing.


  37. #
    Ruby @ The Ruby Red Apron — November 14, 2012 @ 6:50 pm

    OMG I feel guilty just looking at the pictures. Then I pinned it to my Recipes to Try board! Coconut and chocolate are two things I can’t resist!


  38. #
    maybelline — November 14, 2012 @ 7:04 pm

    instead of dark chocolate can i use milk chocolate


  39. #
    maybelline — November 14, 2012 @ 7:05 pm

    instead of dark chocolate can use milk chocolate?


    • Jessica — November 14th, 2012 @ 10:57 pm



  40. #
    Kati — November 14, 2012 @ 7:16 pm

    wow. this looks divine!!! love the coconut milk twist :>


  41. #
    Amanda — November 14, 2012 @ 7:20 pm

    omg this looks ah-MAY-zing!!


  42. #
    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — November 14, 2012 @ 7:48 pm

    What the what??? This is incredible! I heart coconut everything and at this time of year I love a mug of hot goodness to keep me warm. I love every thing about this:-)


  43. #
    Laura | The Velvet Doe — November 14, 2012 @ 8:35 pm

    Ohmygoodness!! This is beyond, just beyond. It’s just hit about 95 degrees here in sunny Australia and yet I am still licking the screen. Gosh!! I will be remembering this for winter!! x


  44. #
    Mandie @ Oh So Decadent — November 14, 2012 @ 8:46 pm

    I never thought to make hot chocolate in the crockpot. I think my life has been changed forever.


  45. #
    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — November 14, 2012 @ 9:12 pm

    Okay, now I really need a crock pot.


  46. #
    Christina — November 14, 2012 @ 9:25 pm

    Shut the front door. Just shut it. Then open it and hand me one of these hot chocolates.


  47. #
    Emily @ Life on Food — November 14, 2012 @ 10:03 pm

    My two favorite things chocolate and coconut! Lovely!


  48. #
    Sarah Koci Scheilz — November 14, 2012 @ 10:35 pm

    sign me up!! That sounds delightful!

    here’s the thing . . . what would I do if I’m not a coconut fan? Can I adapt to just chocolate?


    • Jessica — November 14th, 2012 @ 10:56 pm

      as long as it’s not an allergy thing, you can still use canned coconut milk (the coconut flavor is not strong at all) and omit the extract and coconut on the rim! if you don’t want to do that, i’d use whole milk or half/half.


      • Sarah Koci Scheilz — November 14th, 2012 @ 10:58 pm

        Jessica, SO good to know. It’s not an allergy, just a preference. If the coconut flavor isn’t strong, I’m on it!

        Now what if I add a little Kahlua to my mug before I pour it . . . :)

      • Sarah Koci Scheilz — November 14th, 2012 @ 10:59 pm

        PS — THANK YOU! I love every post on this blog, and what you create here has been served at my dinner table so many times.

        PPS — My husband travels a lot for work also and I’m glad I’m not the only one who has wine for dinner and watches trashy TV in his absence. Love you for that.

  49. #
    luv what you do — November 14, 2012 @ 11:16 pm

    Wow…I don’t even know where to begin. Those overflowing mugs of cocoa look unreal. I would love a cup before bed tonight!!!


  50. #
    Katie — November 15, 2012 @ 1:05 am

    Yesssssssss. Like the popsicle/granita for wintertime!! I want to move in with you.



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